It is well established that ownership characteristics are impacted by the quality of financial reporting. The purpose of this work is to examine the role of ownership characteristics in minimising the prospect of corporates obtaining a modified audit opinion in Jordan. Three ownership characteristics [family ownership (FAOWN), institutional ownership (INOWN) and foreign ownership (FAOWN)] and modified audit opinion were studied. The study used 117 samples of corporates listed on the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE). Logistic regression was employed to analyse the association between the modified audit opinions as a dependent variable and ownership characteristics as independent variables. Ownership characteristics are anticipated to be more successful in improving the quality of financial statement, and thus, reduce the prospect of firm obtaining a modified audit opinion. The analysed results from 2012 to 2016 periods of these corporates in Jordan showed that FAOWN and FOOWN validated this projection. Interestingly, the effect of family and FOOWN improve the quality of financial statement, thereby, reduce the cases of a modified audit opinion. Additionally, the study could not find any association impact between the INOWN and modified audit opinion.
Saleh Zaid Alkilani,
Wan Nordin Wan Hussin,
Impact of Ownership Characteristics on Modified Audit Opinion in Jordan, International Journal of Accounting, Finance and Risk Management.
Vol. 4, No. 3,
2019, pp. 81-93.
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